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(DC Digital Cultural Heritage Meetup) The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation – Curating Computing Collections

16 May 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


From the host’s website:

Come join us for the May DCHDC Meetup! Our speakers this month are Trevor Owens (also our intrepid co-convener) and Petrina Foti.

Trevor Owens is an inside the beltway bit-level philologist, feral librarian, digital historiographer, professional emailer, alt-academic, reluctant bureaucrat, and a former curator of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ , Martians, and Carl Sagan. His talk, “The Theory & Craft of Digital Preservation,” will discuss his forthcoming book of the same title. Digital preservation (ensuring long term access to digital information) often seems like a highly technical subject. It’s not. Digital preservation a key part of cultural heritage work now and in the future and it is more of a craft than a science. At least that is the book’s contention… If you like, you can read drafts of the first half of the book online and bring any questions you might have.

Petrina Foti is a Research Fellow at Nazareth College of Rochester’s Center for Public History and works with the Oral History Collection at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. She recently completed her doctoral degree at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies. Her research focuses on how the rise of digital information has affected material culture and what that means for both museums and the wider world. She is interested in the curatorial history of collections, especially those that contain computer-based technology, with specific attention to collection stewardship and contemporary collecting. She has held various museum positions including a post from 2006 to 2011 in the Computers Collections at the National Museum of American History.

As ever, our schedule will be:

  • 6:30—Arrivals and socializing, with a break partway through for introductions
  • 7:00—Lightning talks
  • 7:30—Announcements and more socializing
  • 8:00—Adjourn to a local bar/eatery.

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16 May 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Event Type
Event Goal
Education (no commercial agenda)
Promotion Channels
DGP Twitter (@DAMGuru), DGP Website
Twitter usernames
@tjowens, @PetrinaFoti, @DCH_DC


German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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